That’s me a few years ago, walking to my “office” in a tiny village by a tranquil bay in Brazil.
So, what makes and adventure, a “Ronin” adventure?
In short, a “ronin,” is a man who has deeply questioned and walked away from the paths of honor prescribed for him, whether that be his religion, culture, family, military or other group, because his honor required him to take a stand and walk free. Naturally such a man may find himself in a deep inquiry as to:
A “Ronin Adventure” is an adventure a man undertakes which furthers his quest to know himself and the world, to grow as a man, and to be fully alive testing himself and following his dreams and desires.
This has been my primary way of learning over the years. Learning from direct experience by taking on big challenges seems to be quite a natural way of learning for men. So many young men today explore the world from behind a computer screen or guided by their smart phone, rather than in direct, immediate, intimate experience in the ever-changing moment.
Technology makes a life of great and challenging adventures even more accessible to everyone, but it can also impose artificial barriers to direct experience unaided by gadgets and gizmos. I’m writing this from my laptop in a Western-style cafe in Northern Thailand, while sipping on a cappuccino, but I choose to limit my reliance on technology as much as possible.
I almost always choose to use no watch, no alarm clock, no phone, and I prefer not to use money to get my out of challenging situations in foreign countries. All of this puts me in direct and vulnerable contact with the locals. Smart phones and other technologies make real face to face contact with others almost unnecessary, even while traveling. I prefer to keep it immediate, high intensity and real. The more I do, the more raw the adventure!